Steve Marak samarak@gizmoworks.com
Sat, 25 Nov 2006 20:37:13 PST
On Thu, 23 Nov 2006, Alberto Grossi wrote:

> Hi All, I am looking for this amazing member of Commelinaceae, Cochliostema
> odoratissimum. Does anyone know where to find fresh seeds? To import such
> plants to Italy is impossible as they stop about two months at the custom!
> Many thanks.


I don't know of any seed source, if you find one I'd like to know also. I don't 
even know of any commercial sources for plants.

Clearly not a geophyte, but I agree it's amazing. I had wanted this plant for
years, and a friend at a botanical garden managed to get me an offset. I had it
for several years, and it seemed happy in my greenhouse, grew well, and
flowered at least twice a year, but I was never able to get seed from
self-pollination (or cross-pollination from some other Commelinaceae I grow).
The flowers are as fragrant as the name suggests and incredibly blue.

After 4-5 years, and with no change I could find in my culture, it started to
look sickly and was dead within a few weeks. I still have no idea what
happened. I'm always disappointed to kill a plant, though I've certainly killed 
my share and then some, but usually accept it as part of the price of 
admission. But this was one of my most favorite plants, and I really hated 
losing it. 


-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com

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